You've got the full recap, now it's time to share a few of my favorites!
3. Read the entire Bible. Though I didn't get through the whole thing, I've really enjoyed what I've read so far. I feel like I have a more complete understanding of my faith -- and, as a bonus, I'm able to answer more questions on Jeopardy!
8. Pay the toll/bill/tip for someone behind me. J and I did this this past April, and it was so awesome! I was really nervous ahead of time, because I thought the Dunkin' Donuts clerk was going to think I was crazy, but she was just almost as excited about it as we were, and didn't bat an eyelash when we made the request! This is one you can (and should!) try at home, folks.
10. Send one handwritten letter a month for 6 months. What can I say? Now I have a new penpal, and a use for all my accumulated pretty paper things. Hi, Molly!
27. Read 12 classics I've never read before. I will admit, sometimes this one felt a bit like drudgery, but I'm so glad I persevered. Here are the books I read (and yes, I'm aware not all of them are "classics" as some would definite it!):
32. Read all of Emily Post's Etiquette. Yes, I am a nerd. Yes, I am thrilled I can now say I've literally read the book on etiquette.
35. Take a cooking or cake decorating course. I learned to frost and decorate a cake at Sugarland for a photo shoot, and it was so fun! Here I am in action:
Nancy Ray Photography
72. Graduate in May 2009. Scary at the time, but I was definitely ready.
74. Eat ten dishes/foods I've never tried before. J likes to yap about how I have a very narrow palette (I beg to disagree), but it's always good to, as my Dad would say, "broaden your horizons."
82. Go riding at the farm with family. We used to ride all the time when I was younger, and I loved taking a trail ride again with my Dad, sister, and aunt. My legs did hurt the next day, though...
88. See the Martha Stewart Show live. Ahhhh!!! Martha geek freak-out! Anyone who knows me knows this is about the most exciting think that could have happened to me. A-list movie stars? No, thank you, I'll take Martha any day. Here I am outside the studio (do I look excited?!):
89. Be a bridesmaid or maid of honor. Lucky me -- I was a bridesmaid not once but twice! I have to say, this might have been my happiest goal to complete. I was thrilled to help both Katharine and Kate plan their weddings, and to stand beside each of them on their big day. Couldn't have been more different; couldn't have been more awesome. Here are my two lovely ladies and their studly men:
A Bryan Photo
92. Go to a hot air balloon festival or on a hot air balloon ride. Another photo shoot lead to an up close and personal encounter with a hot air balloon! It was amazing to watch it inflate and then float off the ground. Just beautiful.
93. Adopt either a cat or dog. We were lucky enough to adopt two tuxedo kitties last November. They are adorable and we love love love them. Jack and Oliver, meet the blog:
Oops, looks like they're sleeping! (Per usual.)
Which leads me to goal no. 101: begin another 101 in 1001 list. I couldn't have been more happy with this experience, and I'm so excited to take what I've learned from this first go-round and apply it to my next adventures! I'll be starting another 101 list on January 1, 2011. Here are a few of the goals I've dreamt up so far:
--Learn how to French braid my hair
--Reupholster a piece of furniture
--Read biographies of 5 people I admire
--Go tree house camping or glamping
--Buy a sewing machine
--Cheer at a Southern football game (I hear it's big down here...)
--Wear a large hat to the Kentucky Derby
My older sister Kate has already decided she'll be joining me on the first with her own list. Is anyone else interested in starting with us? If there are a few of you out there who are, I'd love to organize some way to encourage each other -- for example, I'd be happy to post a link to everyone's lists in my sidebar!
Let me know what you think in the comment section, and thank you so much for all of your encouragement throughout the last 1001 days! :)